Radek Sali is one of Australia’s most successful businessmen and a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness sector. He revolutionised the Swisse Wellness group by making the category aspirational and pioneering the use of brand ambassadors. As CEO Radek created a positive working culture (twice winning the “Best Place to Work” award in Australia for 2015 & 2016) and charted record sales. In 2015 Radek helped negotiate the sale of the group to Hong Kong-listed Biostime for over $1.7 billion, one of the biggest private company transactions in Australian history.
Radek used the proceeds to set up his company, Light Warrior, with ex-Goldman Sachs banker Adam Gregory. Light Warrior is an investment group commited to creating shared value by investing in businesses that are socially responsible and environmentally conscious. In addition to Chairman of Light Warrior, Radek is the Chairman of Made by Cow, a Director of Hydralyte, myDNA, Stratosphere and Wanderlust. Radek is also the Chairman and Cofounder of the not-for-profit Lightfolk Foundation, a Director of Igniting Change and the Hawthorn Football Club, The B Team member, the National Institute of Integrative Medicine Director and a Campaign Cabinet member for Latrobe University. In 2016 he was CEO In Residence at Melbourne University and is an Honorary Alumni at La Trobe University.
Pippa has until recently been Head of Westpac Institutional Banks in Victoria and Tasmania during which time it became the leading institutional bank in Australia’s fastest growing state (Victoria). With a wealth of knowledge in building high-performing teams within an inclusive environment she also led Westpac’s corporate and institutional customer-facing teams globally with deep experience in infrastructure, natural resources and consumer facing businesses.
With over 20 years of experience in banking and finance, Pippa has held several leadership positions with The Royal Bank of Scotland in London. Her last role prior to moving to Australia in 2013 was as Head of Loan Markets Western Europe. During that time she was also named in the prestigious Top 40 Under 40 Investment Banker class in London. Pippa has a Bachelor of Social Science in Geography and CRM. As a Director of Food & Wine Victoria since February 2018, Pippa is currently a member of the Corporate Governance Committee. Pippa has also been Director of Westpac’s Community Foundation Board.
Gordon has over 30 years’ experience in the wine industry, from winemaking to marketing and sales. He has worked for the Rathbone Wine Group, which owns Yering Station, Mount Langi Ghiran and Xanadu Wines, for the past 19 years as Commercial Director. Gordon has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, a Bachelor of Oenology and a Masters in International Business.
Stephen is Consultant Director at ShineWing Australia, an organisation he has been with for more than three decades. Stephen’s skill areas include finance, tax and business structures. He is a director for a number of private companies, and a past director of listed public companies. He is currently a Director of the Australian Ballet School and Waterski and Wakeboard Australia, and a member of the MLC Foundation. Stephen authors the Company Directors Manual, recommended by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Stephen is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a director of F+WV since November 2012 and Chairman of the Corporate Governance committee since March 2018.
Aside from his deep passion for food, wine and Melbourne, Mat is an international expert in the Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail industry. During his 20+ year career at Mars Inc., he worked in a number of senior executive roles, including at the General Manager and Director level. Mat lived in the UK and Belgium for over five years and in his last role he was the Vice President of Europe and Eurasia for Mars Chocolate, a large diverse region with over 50 countries.
After a long career with Mars, Mat returned back to Australia for a senior role at Coles Supermarkets, where he was the General Manager - Marketing. After his role at Coles Mat went on to work across multiple industry sectors. Mat has held C-Suite level roles and is currently a General Manager at Kinrise. Mat has a track record of leading world-class business, culture and talent development and has always left a positive legacy in each of his roles. He has two Degrees and has enjoyed executive study at Melbourne Business School, London Business School and Harvard University.
John Haddad is Chairman of the Taverns Group of Hotels and was Chairman of F+WV from 2004-2018. He was a Board member of Victorian Major Events Company from 1991- 2016 and is a passionate and involved supporter of the arts community including as a Patron of the Victorian Arts Centre. John held the position of Chairman of the Australian National Academy of Music for eight years until 2008 and is Emeritus Chairman of Art Centre Melbourne Foundation Board of Governors (Retired).
MA Creative Media, DipArts, MAIDC
Julie Ann has over 30 years experience working with world leading fashion and lifestyle brands in international markets. She has led transformational change and innovative strategies to develop business culture and brands to drive outcomes.
Julie Ann is currently a Non-Executive Director of Myer Holdings and a member of the HR and Nomination committees, an advisor to the Carla Zampatti brand and runs a private consultancy specialising in brand and business strategy. Her previous roles include Chair of the Myer subsidiary, Specialty Brands Australia, a Managing Director within the LVMH Group where she was MD of Bulgari UK (based in London) and Australia, and Managing Director of FJB Australia, a retailer and licensee of leading luxury and fashion brands through a global network. During her role at FJB, she was a finalist in the BRW/Qantas Business Woman of the Year Awards.
In her MD roles, Julie Ann has developed innovative collaborations to support the non-profit sector, including the Bulgari Art Award with the Art Gallery of NSW, fund raising for the National Gallery Victoria and The Carla Zampatti Foundation Fashion award for the University of Technology of Sydney among other initiatives.
Julie Ann has been a member of the Institute of Directors (UK) and is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Justin Howden is the Group Head - Global Government Affairs and Industry Development at Swisse. His career in Marketing has included 16 years with food giants Kraft and Fonterra, including Regional Management for Asia. He worked with the Victorian Government progressing to GM International Business, leading teams on investment attraction, business migration, university alumni and Ministerial travel. After leaving Government, Justin was a strategic advisor on International Business to ANZ, Boral, Ericsson, Macquarie Bank, Santos, Singapore Government, Telstra and the Vitamins Industry.
Justin joined Swisse in 2012, developing the Government Relations and Public Policy team and now leads the Group’s Government Affairs across trade and investment, free trade agreements, wellness/health, advanced manufacturing and innovation and is deeply involved with the China and India programs for the Group.
Justin is also on the Boards of Complementary Medicines Australia, the European Australia Business Council and United Nations Association of Australia. He has previously been National President of the Australia Malaysia Business Council, and the Australia Philippines Business Council and was a founding Board member of Swinburne Ventures - the University's vehicle for spinning off research and innovation.
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